Review – Jessica Jones – “AKA Crush Syndrome”

With Hope imprisoned for the murder of her parents, Jessica is determined to prove her innocence. Picking her brain for any clue of this Kilgrave characters’ current location and state mind we slowly start to see the hold he had on Jessica those many months before. A memory of Jessica walking away from him on a dark night as he calls out to her permeates throughout the episode until we learn the she escaped his hypnotic grip we he was hit by a bus in a road side accident. Leaving him to die he is understandably none to happen about it and out to exact revenge in every way possible.

Her investigative skills lead to a hospital where she masquerades as a new intern with stolen scrubs and ID to find that Kilgrave was never admitted to hospital instead stealing an ambulance. When she heads to the ambulance driver’s home she learns this is nothing Kilgrave won’t do to save his own skin, literally. Jessica is shockingly confronted by yet a another victim of Kilgrave’s left wheelchair bound after a stroke and on a dialysis machine. Kilgrave had both his kidney surgically removed to tend to his own injuries, unable to speak the man starts to scratch out his assailants name on a piece of paper as Jessica swears vengeance but it isn’t Kilgrave’s name it’s a chilling plea for help, as instead writes KILL ME. This show isn’t afraid to delve in to the dark side of the human soul and it leaves us with a wonderfully powerful and haunting scene.

It’s great to see how resourceful Jessica can be and that she is good at her job despite her flaws, but she isn’t above manipulating those around her to get her way. It appears the difference is Kilgrave manipulates people to get what he wants for himself while Jones does it to get what she needs for others and in order to free Hope she needs him to confess to the murder, for that she’s gonna need him alive and she has a plan.

Her interest in Luke Cage seems more personal than professional as she warns him that one of his latest lovers is married, he calls it quits with her and she races back to her husband only to discover that he never hired a PI at all. Jessica has been keeping tabs on Cage for her own reasons.

When the angry husband gathers up some Rugby friends to dish out punishment we see the first inclining that Cage is something else altogether. In a bar brawl he swats his attackers away with ease, to him they appear to just be like the buzzing of flies. Even a broken bottle across the throat doesn’t make a scratch as the assailant exclaims in surprise “it doesn’t cut!”. There’s more to Cage’s surface than is on the surface.

As Jessica joins the fight Luke see’s that she’s more than meets the eye too holding her own and tossing men two times her side around like rag dolls. When he confronts her later than night, he shows her just unbreakable he really is with a buzz saw to the stomach, sparks fly in all directions but it doesn’t make a scratch and those aren’t the only sparks flying. The heat of the fight and adrenaline of the battle reunite the passion between the two and what a pair they make, we officially have this century’s Ross and Rachel.

Finally we see just what Kilgrave is capable of, inviting himself in to the apartment of an unsuspecting family and making himself right at home. Just by the power of suggestion he wills the children to be seen but not heard, but even that’s not enough demanding they go stand in closet while husband and wife serve him dinner. While we don’t quite see David Tennant in full we do get to see his menace, the potential of unstoppable power like this is limitless and I can wait to see the ramifications fully as the series develops. Until the next episode, make mine Marvel.

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